Authors: Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz
Publish Date: October 24th, 2012
“In the halls of Georgetown Academy, gossip and rumor abound. But when photographic proof shows up on the front page of The Huffington Post? Then it’s a national scandal.
While Ellie tries to put her life back together, Evan just might get everything she’s ever wanted—the perfect boyfriend and her dream career. But her loyalties will be put to the test when it turns out to be the very people she’s closest to who are standing in her way.
Brinley is determined to find out who is behind the photo leak, all while her own dirty secret spirals out of control. And California girl Taryn is sick of being walked all over and ready to start playing by the rules of D.C., for better or for worse.
In a world where reputation and appearances are everything, knowledge is power. But you’ll have to learn how to use it if you want to come out on top.”
Georgetown Academy: Book Two by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz picks up just a few minutes after Book One ends. With the new bombshell dropped into Ellie's lap, or more precisely onto her phone, the world of GA is shifting for all of the characters. Love, loyalty, friendship. They're all on the line in the second book of this amazingly addictive series.
Everything's starting to develop more in this second book. The relationships, the drama, and the characters. You can feel the natural chemistry between Evan and Hunter. They're so cute, but so heart wrenching at the same time. It's in this aspect that you really get to see just how self-sacrificing a character Evan is. She might be crushing on her friend's ex-boyfriend, but she's willing to forgo that crush for everyone's well being. And by that I mean, she's willing to give up what she wants so her friends parents don't end up as the focus of various scandals. Quite unfair, right? I think so, but Evan's got a little bit of venom in her too and I really want to see if she stays her sweet, self-sacrificing self or becomes more like the other girls at GA.
Even though Brinley has an addiction to prescription medication and she can manipulate and spin PR better than almost anyone in DC, she's still a fiercely loyal friend to Ellie which is one of the things that completely changed my opinion about Brinley's character. On the surface she seems like a selfish brat, but that was how she was raised to be. And really, her and her brother Brooks' banter cracks me up every time. They're snobby and self-righteous, but that's what makes them lovable!
Taryn, despite the gossip going on about her at the end of Book One, really managed to stay true to herself as a kind and fair person. It made me love her character even more. And then there's the edition of Brooks to Taryn's story line. I said in my review of Georgetown Academy: Book One that, even though I only got a brief glimpse of Brooks, I knew he had the potential to be one of my favorites and boy was I right! I adore Brooks and he actually made the connection between growing enemies Brinley and Taryn that much more fun to read about.
There's a stark difference between the family lives of Taryn and Ellie and you really start to see that in Book Two. Where Taryn's dad's career takes a backseat to his family life, Ellie's world revolves around catering to her mother's career and Ellie either can't or won't see how wrong her relationship with her mother has become. Ellie took her turn as my least favorite character in this book. She was stubborn and refused to see the truth and acknowledge that what she wanted was just as important as what her mother wanted. She definitely redeemed herself at the very end though. And she also left me dying for Book Three!
It's so easy to get sucked into the world of Georgetown Academy. Each book is short, sweet, and leaves you yearning for more. The characters are flawed, yet lovable. The plot is teeming with social drama and political twists and turns. If you told me I had to pick out one thing about these books that I didn't enjoy, it would be that they're too short! (I need more Brooks!!)
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